Politics (Canadian Edition): An Introduction to the Modern Democratic State, Fourth Edition

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University of Toronto Press, Nov 30, 2012 - Political Science - 416 pages

The latest edition of Politics offers a comprehensive and comparative approach to the essential components of democratic politics in today's states. The book begins by addressing ways of thinking about politics, community, and society, offering broad outlines of political theory in a historical context. Johnston then provides a comparative framework for understanding basic democratic systems which is drawn upon in subsequent sections on institutions, the political process, and governing. The result is an accessible introduction to contemporary democratic politics that is also deeply theoretical and comparative in scope.

The fourth edition has been revised throughout and rewritten with a more focused narrative. The student-friendly design incorporates more visuals and sidebars, as well as chapter objectives and a glossary, in order to make the material easily digestible. In addition, a new companion website provides self-study support for students along with a wealth of materials for instructors to draw from when developing lectures, tutorials, assignments, and exams.

See www.johnstonpolitics.com for more information.

 

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Contents

Regime Failure
144
About the Committee System
150
Coalitional Presidentialism in Latin America
151
Switzerland
160
Definitions of Federalism
166
Components of Federalism
167
Asymmetrical Federalism
175
Doubly Federal
177

Authority in PreIndustrial Societies
48
from TheRepublic to
55
History as a Reality Check for PolicyMakers
56
Aquinas
64
The Enlightenment
68
Hobbes
71
Philosophical Works
81
rIse of democracy
83
First Democrat?
84
Edmund Burke Tells his Constituents How He Will
90
Democracys Prospects
95
How Many Politicians is Enough?
96
References
101
Law versus Policy
105
The Judiciary as a Branch of Government
109
Further Reading
116
Coalition
122
The GovernmentFormation Process
124
A Closer Look at Coalition Government
130
The Ministry
138
Size and Structure
139
Nonfederal Options
183
Who Wants What?
189
The Role of Ideas
200
How Communist is China?
213
References
216
Criteria for Evaluating Electoral Systems
223
Wasted Votes
230
Electoral Administration
245
Parties are
254
Party Systems
261
Social Movements
277
Types of Policy
296
Central Agencies
297
The Legislative Process
312
Rights
325
Veil of Ignorance
329
The Reform of Market Capitalism
340
References
361
Index
377
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About the author (2012)

Larry Johnston is the author of Ideologies: An Analytic and Conceptual Approach (1996) and Between Transcendence and Nihilism (1995). A legislative researcher in Toronto since 1998, he was an academic consultant to the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform in 2006. He has taught a variety of politics courses at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and Ryerson University.

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